Friday, December 11, 2009
It's the Festival of Lights.
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights,
The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a special candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. An extra light called a shamash (Hebrew: "guard" or "servant") is also lit each night for the purpose of lighting the others, and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The "shamash" symbolically supplies light that may be used for some secular purpose.
Holidays are what they come to represent and not what really happened... this is universally true. The story of Hanukkah is about the miracle of light lasting in a dark time... that's what it means to me The lesson is what we make it... this is also universally true.
Posted by Michelle at 10:28 AM